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Default what is a good size for a shop router table ??

i have several plan sets for Router Projects.. different size tables..

are there any opinions..? what are the Variables.?? i have floor space for a dedicated table.. i have a cheap bench top unit, i didn't like it, it was junk.:confused
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I had a cheap Sears router table and it was junk too. What size you need depends on what you will be routing. The longer and/or wider your pieces, the longer/wider your table needsto be. I am an advocate of putting the router to one side of the table. That way you can swing your fence around the bit fo narrow pieces or wide pieces.

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A top which is 18" x 30" will handle most jobs with ease. In the photo I am cutting a center slot in a 24" length of phenolic impregnated baltic birch plywood.
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As I mentioned in a previous post I built mine out of a work surface top from a cubical that I got at a used office furniture place. It's 24"x 48" and 1 1/4" thick. I like it because when making raised panels you need plenty of support which this size gives. I could get by with a smaller table for most jobs however this size works for all my jobs. Say I'm routing a 10 foot long base board, I want it supported at both ends as much as possible. A longer table would be even better but this size works fine. It also gives me a fence that is 24" long on both sides.
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